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Audio: Benji Hyman: 19 yr old walking, talking miracle

Benji Hyman's first miracle was before he was born. Many miracles followed.
3/15/2013, 3:10 PM

A7 Radio's "Life Lessons with Judy Simon" with Judy Simon
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Benji Hyman's story begins before he was born. He suffered a stroke while still in utero, which was caught on ultrasound. At his birth, doctors diagnosed him with Cerebral Palsy and told his parents that he would require special care for the rest of his life. With the help of doctors and therapists and the dedication of his parents, Benji surprised everyone with his progress, developing into a cute, precocious toddler.

At the age of 4, his seizures began. By the time Benji was 5, he was having a seizure a month. By the age of 6, his seizures were weekly. At 7, he spent most of his time in the hospital as the seizures were almost daily lasting up to an hour. Something had to be done. When the doctor suggested radical brain surgery, Benji's parents hesitated. His chances of coming out intact were estimated at 1%.

When Benji was 9, he underwent radical brain surgery in which a quarter of his brain was removed. For the first time in his life, Benji had no seizures and could function as a regular kid. His excitement knew no bounds, but it did not last.

One day, 14 year old Benji was hit by a car, backing up at 40 mph, and leaving him for dead. Benji's parents refused to give up on him, and he was taken to the hospital, where an astute doctor saw heart movement. Benji spent about a month hooked up to respirators. When he regained consciousness, he had no memory of anyone or anything, not recognizing even his parents.

Tune in to hear Benji tell his own amazing story. He may be only 19 years old, but he has maturity beyond his years and a message relevant to everyone.

Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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